IT IS just before seven on a cold Saturday morning and outside the wind is howling and the rain is belting down. The weather app says there’s a 70% chance that this will be the parkrun conditions at 8.00am when the hooter goes and sends the runners and walkers on their way around the five kilometre course.
As if by magic, and probably because Inverloch’s 155th parkrun had some important milestones to celebrate, around 7.45am, right on briefing time, the rain stopped and the wind dropped considerably. Thanks Huey!
First of the run’s milestone celebrants was Glenn Sullivan. Glenn is not only a regular speed demon on the 5 kilometre path, but has worked in various volunteer roles an amazing total of 25 times. The volunteers are the backbone of the parkrun experience, and the 25 times Glenn has stepped up puts him into the super-volunteer class. Many thanks to Glenn from everyone at parkrun.
Second, there was Alan McKinnon. Alan is one of the keen parkrun walkers week in and week out. He always has a smile on “the dial” and he has plugged away over 49 parkruns to reach his 50th today. Think of that, Alan has walked a whopping 250 kilometres! Congratulations on your 50th parkrun, Alan.
Last there was Kate Lew Ton. Kate is said to have been born with a smile on her face and her enthusiasm is infectious. This week she joined the prestigious group of runners who have run 100 parkruns. When you think that there are only 52 Saturdays in a year, Kate has been regularly running each Saturday parkrun for about 2 years. Congratulations on running your 100th parkun Kate, you are awesome!
There was also a big welcome to four new parkrunners: Sharna Keritz, Michelle Stewart, Norm Price and Jeannie Price, plus the lone parkrun tourist Des Farley from Churchill. Everyone there hopes you all enjoyed your first parkrun and come again.
This week also had a sprinkling of personal bests, from Damien King (broke that 21 minute barrier), Luke Ransom (also broke that 21 minute barrier), Gary Bolding, Janine Wynen (a PB a week over the last 4 weeks), Glen Smith (took a massive 8 minutes off last week’s parkrun), Mollie Valentine-Ransom, Adrian Davies and Pam Dunkley Price. Well done to all the PB’ers.
It’s great to get a personal best on the clock, but with today’s weather outlook on rolling out of bed, everyone who came along and went over the 5 kilometres of Inverloch parkrun, from the 1st across the finish line to Julie the Tail Walker at 78th across the line, did their very own personal best. And not to forget the wonderful volunteers, without whom parkrun wouldn’t be so much fun.
This week 78 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 7 volunteers: Bill Barbour, Nathan Castle, Elli Hutchison, Julian Walker, Julie Farmilo, Noel Farmilo and Fiona Richardon.
Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Inverloch parkrun Results Page.
Bill Barry (VM35-39) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was first over the line in 19:02 – 24th time in 92 appearances.
Scott Morison (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:52 – has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Damien King (VM40-44) of Bass Coast Barracudas, was third over the line in 20:45.
Georgia Burns (JW11-14) of Little Athletics, was first (6th overall) over the line in 21:57 – 44th time in 78 appearances.
Janine Wynen (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 23:37.
Heather Farley (VW60-64) of Team Mito, was third (16th overall) over the line in 24:38 – has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Heather Farley (VW60-64) – 79.91% for the time 24:38 (16th overall).
Georgia Burns (JW11-14) – 72.74% for the time 21:57 (6th overall).
Lily Whitehouse (VW55-59) – 71.54% for the time 25:39 (18th overall).
The female record is held by Charlotte Wilson, who recorded a time of 18:11 on October 29, 2016 (event number 114).
The male record is held by Ed Beischer, who recorded a time of 16:27 on June 10, 2017 (event number 147).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lavinia Petrie, who recorded 106.20% (22:03) on November 26, 2016 (event number 118).
Inverloch parkrun started on September 13, 2014. Since then 2439 participants have completed 14,481 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,405 km, including 2640 new personal bests.
70% chance of rain turns to 100% chance of fun